Carroll County Public Schools said it was dismissing students at 4:15 p.m. in the wake of a tornado warning that passed through Carroll County.
School officials are reminding parents that the dismissals are one and a half hours behind schedule. All school activities are canceled for Friday.
Earlier, Carroll County Public Schools has said it would hold students at their schools until the tornado warning had been lifted for Carroll County.
The National Weather Service tornado warning passed at 3:45 p.m. for much of Carroll, although a warning still existed until 5 p.m. in Millers and Lineboro.
Meanwhile, much of Carroll County remained under a watch for flash flood and severe thunderstorm warning.
Areas under the severe thunderstorm warning included Westminster, Manchester and Hampstead. The NWS forecast said thunderstorms in the county could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible.
The areas that could be affected by flash flooding include Eldersburg, Sykesville, Gamber and Hampstead. That warning was issued through 7 p.m.
This story has been updated.